Leather has been a feature of human existence since before records began, when ancient people discovered various methods of preserving animal skins for use as clothing, shelter, footwear and even as floats on rafts. Even now, leather is a feature of our daily lives. We wear leather shoes, carry leather bags and wallets, wear leather clothes and sit on leather upholstery at home and in our cars.
For many reasons, leather is unique and valuable and will continue to be inextricably entwined in the history of humanity. This document aims to give an insight into what is and isn’t leather and addresses some of the damaging myths about leather.